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Unconscious Motivation


Run time 38:58
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Jb2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2015
Subject: Dr. Beck was a gifted hypnotist
He was part of the US Navy Signal Corp and an early researcher of MkUltra's precursor, I believe. This is authentic. He would hypnotize students in his class, often the know it all, and, the subject after suggestion under hypnosis, would take off a shoe, turn his sock inside out and replace the shoe. We had an old cellulose training film from the 1940s that shows him with a military test subject presumably on LSD. I am his granddaughter. He wasn't a happy man after the war. I believe his work in this arena during wartime pushed him there. He continued to teach at the university level. His wartime work is still classified. A more gentler side to the man can be found in the University of Southern California firm archive. Try YouTube "Squeek the Squirrel." A film that shows Dr. Beck, his youngest daughter Marilyn, and Squeak, a golden-mantle ground squirrel that was a family pet. He was always interested in how all life forms a acquired knowledge and learned. A true psychology pioneer.
Reviewer: baisers voles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2009
Subject: Facinating
If you have patience,,
I believe this to be authentic.
What was interesting to me was the personalities of the couple.. she seemed to be a bit overbearing and seemed to lead the conversation..
Reviewer: david in wales uk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2007
Subject: Caught my attention.
I have been interested in psychology for a decade or so and in particular Jungs work. This film seems authentic to me and quite possible given some real hypnosis films I have seen in which post hypnotic suggestions were give and acted on. This film seems a clear validation of how our words and actions are promted by deeper forces and the use of dreams and inkblots to get at the dynamics. I would like to hear the view of anyone else who is interested in this film and if they feel it authentic. Maybe someone knows something about Dr Beck or the students that they could pass on. david
Reviewer: jafran - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2005
Subject: Interesting but somewhat too long.
The subject is very interesting, but some more editing could have gone into this film to make the film's tempo faster and not drag on as much.
While I think the students were carefully chosen, I do not think they were actors.
Reviewer: scrounge - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2005
Subject: Curious flick
This is a "unrehearsed" psychological instructional film. Let me say for the record that I was unconvinced of the authenticity of the experiment during the first quarter of the film. It begins with 2 subjects awakening from hypnosis, apparently feeling well. Shortly after, the shrink returns them to sleep, and creates a little ruckus by suggesting a sub/unconscious stress. They are then awakened, feeling nervous and tense, but don't know why... an interesting psychoanalysis follows that includes a rorschach, word association, and some picture in a book. This movie is on the long side, but is captivating throughout.
Reviewer: Jah Gussi - favorite - February 19, 2005
Subject: Bored You must be If You check this
Cool a new review no not me the other one, I was thinking about it but no I wont even download the small file. This sounds really crap from the last review. I can't see any dancers for my end of time, If you really bored look out for the
'Caadston chuck wagon' which movie, I was unconsciously motorvated to look up an early movie download for some clips and ended up watching it again, must review it someday soon.

Still ain't got round to reviewin' all the stuff I downed last year.

Now are u still here........why........

Go outside and see if anyones there.

No oh well your own your own then, we went home years ago.

Do what you like...we don't care.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2005
Subject: "Now I want you to think I'm a sex god"
I'd like to put this, and the great "Revival Techniques in Organisms" in a double feature, as both feature "science" in which you're not too sure if your getting a massive hoodwink or not.
This film begins with a hypnosis of an attractive woman and a man with caterpillars for eyebrows. This isn't really done well, and it sort of spoils the rest of the movie (not that it could be saved). While under hypnosis, the leader of the experiment tells them they had stolen some money when they were kids, bought some gum with it, then taken away from their mom when they got home. The rest of this film. say 30 minutes, is led to excercises to get the two to remember this thought which was deep in their subconscious minds, through the finest psychological tests of the time (yes, inkblots are included). What follows, I( kid you not, plays like an extended episode of 'Password' or even 25,000 Pyramid, where the host is giving some clues, and they're figuring out what it all means.
The film doesnt really move from it's 2 camera positions, and the 'students' are obviously fake (especially at the beginning), so this is a somewhat boring film, but there are some bits of entertainment in there.
Bit of a faux pas towards the end. Remember the signal to make them fall asleep again was closing of a book. It happens twice, once the leader does it, and the 2 fall asleep, and once, the caterpillar-eyebrowed male does it and they DON'T fall asleep!
Reviewer: Vecino - favorite - February 15, 2005
Subject: Did I watch the same film that the other reviewers watched?
Seems to me that the whole thing is a put-on sure enough. The two seemed to be cuing one another. And I think I came closer to falling asleep than either of them did.
Reviewer: tambora - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2004
Subject: Finally, it's here! Don't wait to get it.
This film served as bookends and occasional signposts in Rick Prelinger's brilliant film "Panorama Ephemera." I eagerly waited for Rick to make the full thing available on the Internet Archive, and after a long wait, it's finally here.

Don't miss this film. It may seem overlong, but there's a suspenseful forbidding sparseness that permeates it and makes it nearly impossible to look away. There's no way Don and Clare are actors. All these emotions must be real, and it's the utter reality of it all that makes it so powerful.

The story goes like this. The two of them are hypnotized and told a story that happened when they were young. Now, it didn't really happen, it was just a fake memory that was made up for them. When they awake, they feel very uncomfortable about this new memory. They are made to dream, and they come up with some rather odd and disturbing archetypal stories. They look at an inkblot and a picture, and they do word association, and the memories start to take shape. There are two pennies, a school, a theft, and a mother. Nebulous ideas form themselves into a story as Don and Clare beat back the darkness of the shadows in their minds.

It's a fantastic study of the way the brain works, and it's unforgettable.
Reviewer: dynayellow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2004
Subject: Fascinating work
This claims to be the unscripted, unrehearsed filming, and I believe it: you may too, after you watch it.

Two students are placed under hypnosis and given a false memory: that as children, they each stole money, and were found out. When they are brought out of the hypnosis, they are suddenly tense and uncomfortable. The person leading the experiment (never seen, only heard), leads them through several tests (ink blot, word association).

Absolutely fascination watching these two try to piece together the cause of their anxiety. If these two are actors, they're outstanding ones: watch Claire as the experiment goes on: she refused to look at David, keeping focused on the examiner. When she does turn to David, it's only to snap at him.

This is a loooooong film, but the subject matter is fascinating, and as an acting study of tactics, very useful.
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